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The Invincible Iron Man, Volume 2: World's Most Wanted, Book 1 (The Invincible Iron Man, Volume I #2)

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In the aftermath of Secret Invasion, Iron Man is no longer the hero he used to be, and Tony Stark's entire life is torn apart. We can't say much now, but... how bad does it get? Here's a hint: read World's Most Wanted, by the blockbuster Invincible Iron-Man creative team of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca, lauded by fans and critics alike!

Collecting: Invincible Iron Man
Hardcover, 152 pages
Published August 12th 2009 by Marvel (first published June 17th 2009)
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May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix
Tony Stark vs. Norman Osborn

Although it doesn’t say it on the cover (shockingly), this is a Dark Reign tie-in.

This showdown is a long time coming, stretching back to the Civil War crossover, where Stark brainwashed/drugged/manipulated Osborn and had him go on a killing spree dressed as the Green Goblin. It wasn’t one of Stark’s finer moments.

Fast forward past the Skrull Invasion crossover: Osborn is in as head of SHIELD HAMMER and Stark is out.

“Tony, how about those super-secret superhero i
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero, 2012
The American public can be so unforgiving. Poor Tony Stark just had one little alien Secret Invasion happen on his watch as SHIELD’s director, and he gets fired. Then Norman Osborn takes over as head of keeping the super humans in line because you might as well put a ‘reformed’ super villain in charge. It worked so well with Dick Cheney after all.

So Tony is out of SHIELD, his company is imploding thanks to the failures of Stark tech due to a computer virus during the invasion, and half the super
Jesse A
Oct 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I've never read Dark Reign so some info I had to work through. Some of this volume was fun. Some boring.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have never been a big Tony Stark fan. Some good stuff has been done. Some interesting stuff has come and gone. Yet Tony has been part of some great stories.

This story line following the Civil War stuff has been fun.
Pepper Potts is one of the better side-characters in the Marvel Universe.
Pepper in an Iron Man suit is perfect.
read more..
Gayle Francis Moffet
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, comics, january-2012
What do you do at the end of Secret Invasion when Norman Osborn (formerly the Green Goblin and still a total psychopath) gets control of the defense of the United States of America? If you're Tony Stark, you run like hell (because Normal wants your head on a platter), and if you're Pepper Potts and Maria Hill, you get pulled into helping.

Fraction continues his stellar run on Invincible Iron Man with the "World's Most Wanted" arc. WMW is tied as my favorite comic arc of all time, the other choice
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of comics
Actual Rating: 4.9 Stars
Soundtrack: Can't Pin Me Down by Marina & The Diamonds (for Maria Hill <3)

"Well. No turning back now."

An intense journey through dark terrain, The Invincible Iron Man, Volume 2: World's Most Wanted, Book 1 shows the real brilliance of Tony Stark and his world.

There was never a moment when I was not on the edge of my seat. I was flipping through the pages faster than I even realized, completely engrossed. The artwork is stunning, the dialogue is sharp, the charact
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Yes. Just, yes. This 2nd volume takes place after Zeke Stane's attack on Stark, and right after the Secret Invasion, which places Norman Osborn in charge of SHIELD and Tony out of power and public enemy #1. Pepper Potts is in for a whole new life, Maria Hill is on the run as well, and even War Machine can't help Tony. But Tony may have a crazy idea that could just save the day...but it won't happen overnight. Also featuring a Namor appearance...
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I pretty much stopped reading the big Marvel events after Civil War (mostly as I couldn't afford to keep up), so Secret Invasion and Dark Reign mostly passed me by (which is odd given how Norman Osborn centric Dark Reign is - there was very little knock on effect in the Spider-Man books from what I recall). Anyway, the second volume of Matt Fraction's run assumes you know what occurred in Secret Invasion (thankfully there's a handy primer at the start to bring you up to speed) and kicks straight ...more
Gemma Thomson
Feb 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was weak on so many grounds. For one thing, I did not appreciate the opening, which recaps events of volume 1 but adds, "and by the way, aliens happened and SHIELD was basically dissolved and now Tony Stark's ruined." I realise all that must have happened in a different series, but come on, comics...

That aside, I didn't find much else to enjoy in this volume. The plot lurches along a slow central thread, with staccato events like Maria Hill's discovery inside FuturePharm. That felt like an
Tarique Ejaz
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have become an absolute fan of Matt Fraction's work on the Invincible Iron Man. He has single handedly managed to pull off a story worth to be stocked away in the selves.

Let the most crooked entrepreneur lead the most versatile and dangerous espionage organization in the world and what does he do foremost on coming to power? He decides to settle his personal vendetta. The story highlights that characteristics of Tony Stark that one does not see often. To protect the people who tend to dish hi
Ashley Kempkes
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Comic Book Fans
Recommended to Ashley by: Random Happenstance
Warning: Don't read this GN if you haven't read the Secret Wars (or know about it). I knew a little about it, but I've never been able to actually read that arc, so I was a little confused as to what was going on. (view spoiler) What!? I just... What? That was frustrating.

I also kept wanting to ask the characters what in the world did they think they were doing? (Besides being idiots I mean.) I was just so frustrated by the choices they were
Indah Threez Lestari
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Roda nasib selalu berputar, kadang di atas kadang di bawah. Tony Stark sebenarnya sudah banyak makan asam-garam kehidupan, sudah beberapa kali bangkrut sebelum meraih kembali kejayaannya. Tapi siapa sangka, selepas Civil War di mana ia sibuk memburu para superhero underground supaya mau registrasi, terus jadi Direktur S.H.I.E.L.D., eh akhirnya malah jadi World's Most Wanted, diburu S.H.I.E.L.D. sampai ke ujung dunia bak tersangka korupsi, lalu semua harta kekayaannya disita dan dilikuidasi. Ini ...more
Herman Gigglethorpe
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Despite this being "Volume 2", you can easily get into this without having to read the first one (although it's still worth it to do so). This is mostly its own arc. Even the background information is pretty simple: Skrulls (shapeshifting aliens) had infiltrated and invaded Earth, and they managed to disable most Stark Industries technologies. Norman Osborn somehow became the hero of this incident, even though he is the Spider-Man villain Green Goblin.

The story begins with Osborn taking over the
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
La série Invincible Iron Man méritait son Eisner Award (de la meilleure nouvelle série), vous le saviez tous. Mais quand elle s'insère dans la continuité Marvel (en l'espèce dans la continuité de l'époque Dark Reign), c'est encore mieux qu'avant (je pense à la saga des Nightmares).
Fraction maitrise son récit, maitrise l'ambiance et maitrise complètement les personnages (mentions spéciales à Maria Hill et un succulent Osborn). Certes, on lui reproche sur cette saga épique (12 numéros) d'avoir un
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writer Matt Fraction keep the tale of his Iron Man run taut and fierce in this one.

Alongside the events of Marvel's blockbuster "Dark Reign" storyline, Tony Stark has been made all but a villain in the public eye by H.A.M.M.E.R. (the replacement for S.H.I.E.L.D.) director Noman Osborne (the former Green Goblin). Tony's tech has once again been compromised. It's been attacked by a Skrull virus (with the events of "Secret Invasion") and adapted by crazed, heartless villains.

Tony Stark has been bro
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
Matt Fraction continues to use giant Marvel crossover events as a springboard for exciting and fun stories. While the first volume used Iron Man's high stature in SHIELD after Civil War, this volume finds him hunted thanks to his screw ups in Secret Invasion. He's hounded by the new big boss in Marvel, Norman Osbourne doing an evil-Dick Cheney turn. Fraction keeps the book from being too bogged down by stories in other books, and gives interesting storylines to Pepper Potts and former SHIELD hea ...more
Jan 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, read-seq-art
I had a long review halfway written, but lost it due to leechblock. Will have to reconstruct it later.

Short version:

Plot "logic": -100

The art: -50. I think it may be even worse than Volume 1. Getting a haircut and shaving off a beard should not change someone's jawline. Also the coloring continues to be horribly supersaturated and all the textures are too smooth. Human skin looks like it's made out of plastic.

Tony Stark: self-destructive asshole trying to kill self out of guilt for Registration
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Fraction continues his strong run on Iron Man with this first half of an action-packed story. After the Secret Invasion, Stark Industries is in shambles and Norman Osborne has taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. He's after the database of superhero secret identities that Tony Stark has been presiding over since Civil War and the Superhero Registration Act. Stark knows that such power in the hands of Osborne is a reeeeally bad idea, so he sets about destroying all the existing copies along with all the other ...more
Apr 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Fraction delivers another solid turn for Tony Stark in the direct follow-up to his misfortunes in the Skrull invasion. There's a lot of housekeeping done in this volume that examines the new status quo that is H.A.M.M.E.R. versus S.H.I.E.L.D., but it's couched in this new relationship of Norman Osborn becoming obssessed with the information Tony's hidden away in his own mind.

Ton's solution to this problem is nothing short of tragic-- he essentially has to lobotomize himself to keep Osborn from g
Justin Sorbara-Hosker
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
3.5 for both volumes of World’s Most Wanted.
Pro: Much more interesting plot than Five Nightmares. Having Tony on the run, booted from SHIELD & his company in ruins, and trying to do the right thing (even though it means giving himself a slow brain death) while breaking down mentally, trumps a basic revenge story.
Con: I don’t love the art, though it works. But what do I know. And it passes Bechdel test (actually has 3 women kicking ass & taking names, individually & as a group), I d
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: 4-and-a-half-stars, badass-to-the-extreme, feels-realistic-or-credible, likable-or-deep-characters, mature, sci-fi, suspenseful-or-engaging

Tony Stark is cool. Very cool. I mean like Marvel's coolest superhero. That's pretty much the main thing I love about this series so far; it captures Stark's character perfectly. And by this I mean: he's intelligent, decisive, smug yet likable, and isn't afraid to live with the consequences of his decisions no matter how much he e
Jul 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, e-book
Eh, I don't know. A) I'm not a big fan of this whole Dark Reign affair and B) I like Tony, I really do, but so far I'm not sure I really care about anyone else in this book. I'm going to wait and see, however.

As I said, this book is part of the Dark Reign crossover event thingamaging, and we love those! Right! Since the entire Superhero Registration database is stored on Tony's harddrive/brain and he refuses to hand the data over to Norman Osborn, Tony is now on the run, while Pepper and Maria
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremis has failed, Stark technologies are not operational, and Tony Stark is on the run when Norman Osbourne takes over his company. Tony has some crucial information stashed away somewhere very close to him that Osbourne just cannot have. Queue the manhunt for an underpowered Iron Man on the run. Pepper Potts and Maria Hill are given lots of room to shine here as they both help and are manipulated into helping Tony. This is part one so we end with a cliffhanger with things perhaps getting wor ...more
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the story, but still having a hard time with the art. I know that boils down to preference. The only thing I really found frustrating was the coverage of events that happened in the time span between "The Five Nightmares" and this book. I know the intro tried to fill in the blanks, but I still felt like I'd accidentally skipped a whole book or something. A Skrull invasion and Osborn taking over HAMMER is a pretty big deal, and to be thrown into the aftermath leaves you a bit bewil ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good story taking place in the aftermath of the Secret Invasion arc. It's nice to see Tony Stark not being a total jerk again, and it's an interesting trip down memory lane with a lot of his rogue's gallery coming up along the way, and some of the old armors showing up, as well. I think having Norman Osborn replace Tony Stark did wonders for Stark coming across a bit better, and the story has an interesting cloak and dagger feel to it, with three main characters (Stark, Pepper P ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I wasn't really impressed with the art in this one. It was actually hard to tell what was happening in some places. It felt very clunky and just wasn't as impressive as comics tend to be. I had a similar problem with the dialogue. It was obvious and boring, nothing clever and fun to read.
Also, Maria and Tony?

But it moved the story along, and I liked the ending. Looking forward to the next one.
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good pace, great story, excellent follow on from the first Invincible Iron Man and the Skrull invasion. The emotional blows in this story are hard-hitting and this isn't a story for kids, this isn't something to be sniffed at, this is gory, this is painful and this has bad decisions - stupid decisions - adult decisions. The kind where you're not even sure, but you have to do it - the spur of the moment, we should kiss because we're probably due to die within days, decisions.

Read it.

This is why
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Even though 'World's Most Wanted' collects the issues immediately following 'The Five Nightmares', there is some alien invasion thingy that happened between these two stories that sets the fall of Tony Stark and rise of Norman Osborne into motion. I don't know if the alien invasion appears in print in some other issue, but that information would make 'World's Most Wanted' that much more enjoyable
Charles Willis
Nov 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larocca's is better in this-- he hasn't changed his 'style' but at least it's not like he's trying to pattern characters after famous people anymore. Good.

So Norman Osbourn runs HAMMER (SHIELD) now, and is after Tony Stark and all the shit he has and knows. Stark decides to shut it all down-- which includes everything from Stark Industries to the his own brain. Cool. Plus Pepper Potts has a suit now...
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art
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Other Books in the Series

The Invincible Iron Man, Volume I (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Invincible Iron Man, Volume 1: The Five Nightmares
  • The Invincible Iron Man, Volume 3: World's Most Wanted, Book 2
  • The Invincible Iron Man, Volume 4: Stark Disassembled
  • The Invincible Iron Man, Volume 5: Stark Resilient,  Book 1
  • The Invincible Iron Man, Volume 6: Stark Resilient, Book 2
  • The Invincible Iron Man, Volume 7: My Monsters
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